NTSB Identification: NYC95LA088.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 15, 1995 in WESTMINISTER, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-200, registration: N41767
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR (CFI) AND THE DUAL, PRIVATE PILOT STUDENT WERE PRACTICING SIMULATED EMERGENCY LANDINGS TO RUNWAY 34. ACCORDING TO THE FAA INSPECTOR'S WRITTEN STATEMENT, 'DURING THE APPROACH, THE PRIVATE PILOT FAILED TO MAINTAIN A PROPER AIRSPEED ON FINAL.' AT APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET ABOVE THE RUNWAY THE AIRPLANE STALLED AND SUNK, LOSING ALTITUDE RAPIDLY. THE AIRPLANE LANDED EXTREMELY HARD AND THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. THE REPORTED WINDS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WERE FROM 310 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS. ACCORDING TO THE NTSB FORM 6120.1/2, THE CFI'S TOTAL FLIGHT TIME WAS 652 HOURS, OF WHICH 29.5 HOURS WERE IN THIS MAKE AND MODEL AIRPLANE. THE CFI'S TOTAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR TIME WAS 8.7 HOURS, OF WHICH 3.1 HOURS WERE IN THIS MAKE AND MODEL AIRPLANE.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the failure of the flight instructor to take timely remedial action during an approach, resulting in an inadvertent stall, hard landing and subsequent collapse of the landing gear. A factor related to the accident was the flight instructor's lack of instructing experience.

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